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Welcome to the October newsletter

Picture of members of the Exec team with alumnus James Mason


The temperature may have dropped a little as campus has turned quite autumnal, but it is still buzzing with the start of the new academic year. October has been a very busy time. We have celebrated Black History Month, which saw us welcome social entrepreneur, restorative justice advocate, speaker and award-winning author Lee Lawrence to campus to deliver a powerful and inspiring talk. Read more.

We are now looking forward to welcoming some of our former sports players back to campus later this month to take on our student clubs, as well as looking at future fixtures we can help organise. 

We are also proud to let you know that we are investing more than £500,000 to help students through our ‘Helping you with the cost’ support package.The package was developed after a working group was established over the summer to explore ideas that could mitigate the impact of the cost of living crisis on students. Find out more. 

All Saints' Day

We are very much looking forward to welcoming alumni and former staff back for All Saints' Day on Tuesday 1 November.

This is a day where we stop, reflect, give thanks, and celebrate our University community together. Find out more.

Journalism and Media Week

We have another incredible line-up of guest speakers for this year's Journalism and Media Week, which is taking place 7-10 November. We are extremely proud that so many of the speakers are graduates of Leeds Trinity. 

They include Lauren Layfield (Broadcast Journalism, 2010) who has been nominated for a 2022 International Emmy Award and Noa Hoffman (MA Journalism, 2021) who has been shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year at the London Press Club Awards.

Almost all of this year’s sessions will be held in person, but we will be recording and uploading them on our YouTube page afterwards. 
See the full schedule

Save the date – Trinity Alumni Business Network

We are looking forward to hosting our Trinity Alumni Business Network 'Making an Impact at Every Stage' on Thursday 8 December, from 6.15pm. 

There will be a mulled wine reception and nibbles followed by an update from the School of Business, alumni speaking about their career successes, Q&A and networking. This event has always been a great opportunity to catch up with lecturers, get top industry advice and network, as well as share best practice with our current students. Email us for more information. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we have been hosting a number of events across the University to raise awareness of breast cancer and how to check yourself.

Alumna Aylish Griffiths (Education Studies, 2021) shared her story to help raise awareness, after being diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in February this year. Read more.

Being Human Festival

The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies is hosting a series of events as part of the Being Human Festival, taking place from Sunday 30 October to Sunday 11 December.

The events include sessions on 'Gentleman Jack and her Sisters', 'A Curious History of Sex', and 'Writing the Margins', led by academics at Leeds Trinity including Revd Professor Jane de Gay, Dr Kate Lister, Dr Suzanne Owen, Dr Amina Alyal and recent PhD students Dr Hannah-Freya Blake and Dr Edwin Stockdale. For more information, contact Dr Amina Alyal.

Featured alumni – Sean Albeiz

Sean Albeiz playing guitar

Recently, we caught up with Sean Albeiz (Public Media & History, 1988) to find out more about his memories from attending Leeds Trinity in the eighties and the launch of his latest book.

Sean has published several academic studies on electronic music, music history, music technology, punk and post punk. Earlier this month, Sean's third book, The Velvet Underground: What Goes On, was published. 

Sean's passion for music and culture led to an incredible journey: "Towards the end of my degree I became very interested in cultural theory and wanted to study this further."

He undertook further studies at PGCE, MA and PhD level and has an amazing academic CV: "Between 1991 and 2019 I taught full-time in popular music studies, music technology, and media and cultural studies at HE institutions including the University of Plymouth, Solent University and Anglia Ruskin University."

Sean has established several degree courses and founded the music department at Solent University. He is now an independent music scholar and musician, working on a number of writing and music projects.

Read Sean's alumni profile.